De La Soul's Entire Catalog Is Heading to Streaming and Digital Retailers for the First Time
The trio finally owned all the rights to their masters in August 2021 after decades.
De La Soul‘s full catalog will be made available on both streaming services and digital retailers for the first time in history.
The seminal hip-hop group’s first six albums, 3 Feet High and Rising from 1989, De La Soul Is Dead from 1991, Buhloone Mindstate from 1993, Stakes Is High from 1996, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump from 2000 and AOI: Bionix from 2001, is set to hit streaming on March 3 and will commemorate the 34th anniversary of their debut studio effort, while “The Magic Number” will release on streaming on January 13 alongside a 7” cassingle. On top of the albums’ addition to streaming, the trio will also be issuing exclusive merchandise, vinyl, CDs and cassettes via their AOI label.
De La Soul members Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo finally owned all the rights to their masters in August 2021 after decades of legal battles. Reservoir Media previously acquired the catalog of Tommy Boy Records — the original label De La Soul was signed to — for a whopping $100 million USD and quickly began discussions with the group. “It’s been 20 plus years overdue, but finally, we are here,” Maseo said.
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